The countdown is officially on until we leave Missouri and head back to Arizona and I couldn’t be more excited. I would be remiss though if I didn’t mention that there is something I am really going to miss … and that is my tribe. Women are a challenging sex. The cattiness and bickering seems to start in kindergarten and doesn’t seem to ever quite end. I don’t know what it is but it seems like women are constantly in competition with one another. Too often, especially on social media, I see women ripping each other down rather than building each other up. I think for this reason growing up some of my best friends have been boys/men. I simply don’t have the time or patient for female drama.
Enter my 3 Bars CrossFit family. These women are my tribe. When you show up to class, whether it be your first or your hundredth, they are there to bring you to the next level. While the competition can be fierce it is with love. At the end of the WOD there are high fives, fist bumps, and sometimes bear hugs. Saturday night we had a ladies only event and it reaffirmed why I love this box and these people so much.
Saturday night we met up at the gym for a food Wine + WOD night. Everyone brought a bottle of wine (or 2 …. or 3 ….) and snacks to share. We ended up with more wine than women but thus is life, eh? The snacks were delicious and mostly unhealthy and the company perfect.
Before digging into the food and drinking our calories we got down to business with the WOD portion. We were broken in to groups of 3 for a friendly competition. Wile one person was on the rower, the other two were doing the following: wheelbarrow, crab walk, and walking lunges. We rotated through the cycle for 15 minutes and score was kept by calories rowed. It was surprisingly challenging and there was a lot of laughter as we figured out the wheelbarrow and people tried crab walking.
We definitely worked up an appetite and got down to business as soon as the WOD was over. We sat in a big circle on the gym floor, chowed down, and chatted away. Conversations ranged from how to splint fractures (me with a occupational therapist) to parenting woes, to upcoming PCS moves. There was no one-upping or negative vibes. It was simple and pure.
So while I am not going to miss Missouri I am going to miss this special place and these exceptional women. I look forward to seeing them everyday and in celebrating their PRs, engagements, and pregnancies. I look forward to the lack of cattiness, the unconditional acceptance, and the motivation to be more. These people are my tribe and they are worth knowing. So, my fellow military spouses – if you find yourself stationed at good old Fort Leonard Wood (or lost in the woods …) then I highly recommend 3 Bars CrossFit for your fitness adventure. You won’t regret it and you will be welcomed in to the tribe with open arms.
Do you have a lot of female relationships? Where did you find your tribe?